Emily Mckenna's Blog (Page 1)

May 24, 2012 - 11:42am

For some reason, food eaten outdoors under the sun tastes better. There is nothing like a burger or hot dog cooked on a grill with a side of macaroni salad, coleslaw or watermelon to celebrate summer.

Don’t Miss: Best & Worst Foods to Eat at a Barbecue

Unfortunately, the longer cooked and raw foods sit outside in the sun (such as at a Memorial Day picnic or any warm-weather cookout) the higher the chance for food-borne bacteria to multiply. To keep you and your family safe this summer, we have compiled a list of the 5 most common picnic hazards to avoid—along with our easy tips for safely preparing, cooking and storing food for picnics.


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May 15, 2012 - 11:24am

This Memorial Day I'm hosting a picnic and each of my friends is going to bring a dish. I am in charge of dessert. Lucky for me it is cherry time—the few wonderful weeks in between spring and summer when fresh cherries are available at my farmers' market. (Sweet and tart cherries are also available year-round canned or frozen.)

Recipes to Try: Delicious Cherry Recipes including Dark Cherry Bundt Cake

I've already chosen my dessert—No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Bars from our article about cherry season in the May/June issue of EatingWell Magazine. This recipe is part bar, part cherry pie and...

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April 17, 2012 - 12:11pm

Spring means warmer weather, longer days and short-sleeved T-shirts. It also means ditching the recipes that are so much a part of my winter cooking repertoire for light, quick-cooking options—salads, quick soups, sautés and stir-fries—that leave me time after dinner to play outside with my family.

Easy Recipes to Try:
10 Spring Dinners in 30 Minutes
Healthy Spring Slow-Cooker Recipes for a Crock Pot

For me, chicken is the perfect protein choice for spring. Not only does it cook quickly, it is a good, healthy source of lean protein and pairs well with almost any vegetable, especially...

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April 11, 2012 - 11:44am

I love the grassy, sweet taste of artichokes—the bud of a flower in the thistle family. But when I first started cooking, artichokes intimidated me.

I finally confronted my artichoke phobia when I got my first restaurant job. I needed to learn how to prep and cook artichokes—and fast. Needless to say, I served plenty of creamy artichoke soup in those early days as I was figuring out how to cook these delicate spring vegetables. I finally know how, and there really is nothing to it. I promise.

Here are my foolproof steps for preparing and trimming an artichoke, plus my favorite recipes for cooking them—grilled, steamed and stuffed.

How to cook fresh artichokes


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April 5, 2012 - 10:52am

While I do not eat bacon often, I happily enjoy it every once in a while with a stack of pancakes or in a Cobb salad. Unfortunately a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating red meat, including processed meats like bacon, can lead to increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Processed meats, in particular, were called out in the study for their high levels of saturated fat, sodium and nitrites.

Don't Miss: The Bacon Calculator: How Many Slices of Bacon Does Your Dinner Equal?

While I won't be giving up bacon for good (sorry, Harvard), I will definitely be eating it smarter. Here are my tips for healthier ways to cook with bacon that won't...

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